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Daily Club Pies 16/01/08

January 17th, 2008

Arsenal Pies Will Mathieu Flamini join Claudio ‘The Tinkerman’ Ranieri at Juventus? Chelsea Pies Will Shaun-Wright Phillips be Kevin Keegan’s No.1 transfer target at Newcastle? Liverpool Pies Dubai Investment Capital are willing and able to buy out Tom Hicks’ stake in Liverpool. Troubling times ahead at Anfield? Man Utd Pies Five weeks and counting until […]

The African Cup of Nations has been going, in one form or another, since 1957. The 1972 final between Congo Brazzaville (also known as the Republic of Congo – not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire) and Mali remains one of the most memorable finals, and not just because it […]

The rumours have already started about which players Kevin Keegan will splash Mike Ashley’s millions on. Here are 11 reminders of why Mr Ashley might like to keep an eye on the purse strings.

We all know about Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o and Michael Essien, but there are more than three players worth watching at the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts on 20th January. Courtesy of the good people from World Cup Blog (who’ll be covering the tournament in depth), here’s a quick run-down of 10 players worth […]

The Duck has landed. Brazilian sensation Alexandre Pato scored on his debut for AC Milan, grabbing the fifth goal in a 5-2 thrashing of Napoli. While this might offer Milan fans hope the future, it doesn’t help them a great deal in the short-term. They are still 12th in the Serie A table and remain 25 points behind table-topping city rivals Inter Milan.

Beef-cake in ‘short shorts’ alert! (Control yourself ladies, Kevin is a happily married man.) I can’t really think of anything else to say about this tremendously homoerotic picture. Don’t stare at it too long, that’s my only advice. God, I tell you what – I absolutely ‘love it’ that King Keggy is back in the […]

Clash of the white afros alert! You just don’t see players with this much hair today, which is a shame – Rio Ferdinand sported the look in pre-season a couple of years ago, but he didn’t have the balls to keep it for the real season. Breitner (he’s the one with the scary wolfman beard) […]

kevin_keegan-head_over_heels_in_love_s.jpg‘No lover of English football will begrudge him [Keegan] the opportunity… to write a new chapter in the history of an extraordinary club. The cavalier has entered the gates and the roundheads are in flight. It may all end in tears. But the noise when he makes his return on Saturday evening will be worth hearing.’ Guardian Sport Blog

Sky Sports reporter David Craig is mobbed by Newcastle United supporters as he announces the appointment of Kevin Keegan as the club’s new manager, prior to the FA Cup third-round replay between Newcastle and Stoke City at St James’ Park. The Keegan magic didn’t take long to take effect – Newcastle won 4-1, despite playing […]

Non-league outfit Havant & Waterlooville set up a dream FA Cup tie against Liverpool with a 4-2 victory over Swansea. The Blue Square South outfit went 3-0 up against the League One side. They now travel to Anfield on Saturday, January 26.

We all remember Kevin Keegan’s after school endeavours don’t we? His disastrous appearance on Superstars, his ‘hit’ single ‘Head Over Heels’ and of course, doing ads for Brut aftershave. Well, King Kev also did a public service advert for crossing the road with safety. Well, watch it again… with disastrous results once more. That jacket/hair […]

For all the entertaining football, promotions and close run title races, the defining moment of Kevin Keegan’s first reign as Newcastle United boss was arguably this blubbering moan about Alex Ferguson.

Well, Pies will be featuring a lot of Kevin Keegan-related stuff this week, in light of the extraordinary news that King Kev has been appointed Newcastle United manager, for the second time in his career. I confess that I didn’t see that coming, even when Sky Sports News was running it as their main ‘story’ […]

Yowza! Big news. HRH King Kevin Keegan is returning to Newcastle United to manage the club for the second time. The 56-year-old has been confirmed as Sam Allardyce’s replacement at St James’ Park. Keegan said on Monday: “I’m not ruling myself out or in. It’s a club I love, everyone knows that.”

I love the fact that the great Diego Maradona used to wear a shirt sponsored by… a chocolate bar. Because Maradona himself looked like he might have received and then consumed a few complimentary Mars bars whilst he was at Napoli. However, that didn’t seem to affect his godlike performance for the Italian club. Waistline […]

I guess from the national papers that it’s MAJOR NEWS that Il Postino, Fabio Capello, faces a tax investigation in Italy re: his earnings when he was head coach of Juventus. The FA knew about it before they hired Capello, and now we know about it too. This relentless dirt-digging from the mainstream press is […]

This lovely goal, scored in a pre-season friendly against SC Weiz of Austria in July 2005, is all about TH’s great first touch; the second and third touches are even better. When I see a video like this, it makes me realise that I genuinely miss Henry. English football is a slightly worse place without […]

Karlsruher players warm up during their mid-season training camp at the Gloria Verde Hotel in Belek, Turkey. Photo Friedemann Vogel/Bongarts/Getty Images

79005504.jpg1. Have you ever seen Glenn Roeder smile? I mean really, really smile? The sort of sincere smile where your eyes go all twinkly. I can’t remember it ever happening. Not that Glenn had much to smile about, after his Norwich City side were knocked out by Bury last night, but still. Even thinking about him depresses me :(
2. 500 games in a Liverpool shirt for Jamie Carragher – whatever you think of Mad Dog Carra, that’s some achievement for the ultimate one-club man.

p1_klinsmann_0922.jpg‘In Klinsmann, Bayern are getting one of football’s few real galacticos, and they’re doing it on the cheap, compared to the tens of millions it would cost to bring in a Ronaldinho or Kaka.’ Reuters Soccer Blog

Subside Sports is selling a Man Utd shirt with Dimitar Berbatov’s name and potential squad number (No.14 is vacant) on the back. Very cheeky, and guaranteed to wind up Spurs fans. Good work Subside, although I’m not sure if it’s quite enough to convince Fergie to part with the £30m+ it would take to lure […]

Man Utd fans may have notcied that Giuseppe Rossi is doing really well for Villareal in Spain’s Premira Liga. I always got the feeling that Alex Ferguson never gave the Italian-American fox-in-the-box enough of a chance at Old Trafford. Your question of the day: was Fergie right to sell Rossi? surveys – Take Our Poll

This golden oldie (the video, not King Kev) is particularly topical given that two-thirds of those featured are currently being touted as Newcastle United’s new manager. So pick the Toon’s new gaffer from the hair on offer here. Yes, apparently you could still get away with an advert this cheesey in the 1990s!

Ajax marked their intentions for 2008 with a 6-1 victory over AZ Alkmaar, but PSV still hold a three-point lead over them at the top of the Eredivisie. PSV won 0-1 at Feyenoord, a result which allowed Ajax to leap-frog Feyenoord and move up to second.